The door came from her New England grandfather’s barn which he fashioned into a table. That table touched her life; she grew to decorate with things from the family and collect antiques. As her family grew, life happened around this table by her grandfather.
One other important bit of information: he has a deep interest in cooking, even taking leave from work to attend culinary school. His face lights up when he gets to talking about cooking. They both love music, reading in comfy chairs in front of the fire, and gathering with friends for quiet evenings.
Needless to say, in our first meeting I realized the remodel needed to revolved around the door that became a table. And revolve it does. Because of the shape of the room combined with the table placement, the only way to get what they wanted in the kitchen was to place the island with the sink on an angle. Simple, yet not so simple, the angled island truly creates a work triangle and, importantly, large enough walkways.The overhanging counter curves to produce a warm and welcoming passageway.
Always in design work, I first think about the placement of the cooktop because of the hood. When I want to move the location of the cooktop, there better be compelling reason when it won’t vent out easily. And in this case, because of the size and shape of the kitchen, there was compelling reason to move the cooktop. The big, boxy refrigerator is strategically placed all the way at the end of the “L” where everyone can get to it and, yet, it chops up the space as little as possible. The microwave is next to the refrigerator at point-of-use. And the cooktop is on the other leg. One needs elbow room to work at the cooktop area, as well as the refrigerator and sink areas. If these are squeezed together, extra space way down the road doesn’t do diddly for you.
Have I ever told you my litmus test for a new contractor? I start the conversation with the issue of how we’re going to get the hood duct out of the house. If they just say, “yeah, yeah, no problem”, I know WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM! And it won’t be just in the ducting of the vent, trust me!
Storage is always a significant part of good design. For this chef, accessibility was key at the cooktop. Different sized drawers and roll-outs are a huge help. Adjustable shelves work wonders but adding hooks to the bottom of the shelf is even better sometimes. Behind closed doors lays all kinds of finds but we generally like our cookbooks out and visible. By the way, not quite storage but we must find a way to incorporate electrical outlets in the island design.
By selecting to use real cherry wood cabinets atop oak flooring, we have complemented and enriched the table. Cherry, in my opinion, may be THE most lovely wood and is just perfect in its natural state with no stain. Cherry has a depth and glow which only grow richer over time and are unequaled by most other wood species. In keeping with their style and taste, we used wood knobs to blend with the cherry doors. We wanted a sleek, clean line. Stainless steel appliances, as is true in so many settings, work well here as you can see. The Verde Tropical Italia granite completes the look that marries the antiques with the contemporary and helps create a well-balanced, individualized space.